After completely upending the status quo in the final episodes of Season 1, "Mr. Robot" creator Sam Esmail teases the focus of the Golden Globe-winning drama will remain on Elliot's "emotional journey" as he tries to separate reality from fantasy.
"If there’s a headline for Season 2, it’s how Elliot reconciles with the fact that he’s seeing this fantasy," Esmail told journalists today at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. "That’s the struggle that will take over in Season 2.”
Of course, "struggle" only scratches the surface: In a shocking scene, Elliot, the security engineer/cyber-vigilante played by Rami Malek, learned that the anarchist Mr. Robot (Golden Globe winner Christian Slater) is a.) his dead father, and b.) a figment of his imagination.
“In Season 2, there will be a lot more backstory that will be shown,”added Esmail, who will direct all 10 episodes of the USA drama's second season. “And the timeline will get a little clearer. Not a hundred percent clearer, but a little clearer.”
However, if you thought all of Season 1's secrets were revealed with the Mr. Robot revelation, think again: Esmail hinted that there's "a reason" Elliot's sister Darlene (Carly Chaikin) wasn't part of the season finale's Times Square sequence, where he experiences a vision of his family.
He also teased that viewers will see more of B.D. Wong's enigmatic hacker White Rose, saying, “He was so amazing in the first season, I would be stupid not to use him more this season. But I have to use him sparingly."
"Mr. Robot" Season 2 begins filming in March.